Top leaders of the banned rebel outfit Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) on Friday came overground to hold negotiation with the government.

The self-styled chairman of the militant group Edika Diphusa alias Kharmindao Dimasa, his deputy Juddychan Haflongbar alias America Dimasa and ”general secretary” Prithamjit Jidongsa alias Galao Dimasa came “overground” to hold the peace talks.

The development comes a fortnight after the outfit declaring a unilateral ceasefire.

Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu, Special DGP (Law and Order) GP Singh and ADGP (Special Branch) Hiren Nath along with other senior police and CRPF officers received them at Dhansiri in Karbi Anglong district.

“Peace is not illusive (sic) when we walk the extra mile. Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA), an armed outfit of Assam’s hill districts, came out from jungle today. We welcome them to a dialogue and hope for permanent solution and peace,” said Pegu in a tweet.

The DNLA was formed in early 2019 aiming to establish a “sovereign and independent Dimasa nation”.

It was active in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts of the state.

The DNLA declared a unilateral ceasefire for three months on September 7 as a “goodwill gesture and as a positive response to the call for peace” by the chief minister.

DNLA militants were allegedly involved in the killing of five truckers transporting coal in the Dima Hasao district on August 27, after the truck owners failed to pay the money demanded the outfit.

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